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THE BEE: UMAHA, MOMM. fefeiPTEMBEK 4, lt16.
By Mr. and Mrs.
" Rupert Hughes
A Lois Stafford fled down the ter
races of her "father-in-law's majestic
estate, her own life seemed to be sym-1
bolized in her desperate ambition to
destroy herself. The flowers and the
.aromatic shrubs threw out their
'fragrance about her, but she would
not pause. She was bent upon the
tragedy waiting for her in the deep
ravine toward which the express train
was plunging as if in obedience to
The cries of Gloria, who pursued
her frantically, came to her like the
voice of conscience. She had never
heeded that voice and she would not
harken to it now. She had trodden
the primrose path of dalliance and it
had led her forth into the glare of
exposure. She would not endure the
shame. It seemed better to her ir
responsible soul to run away from
self-denial. She had not cared what
laws of fidelity she broke and she
did not care now what hearts she
might break. Her husband's tarnished
honor: her father's blighted career,
did not win a thought from her.
Itiras Gloria who though of these
things even as she followed. Gloria
felt more guilt than Lois, for Gloria
had confronted Lois with the proofs
of her perfidy, never fancying that
Lois would answer the charge by
punishing herself with the same reck
lessness that - had marked her sin.
As she saw Lois running toward
death with eagerness, she understood
for the first time that it was in Lois'
character to do everything passion
ately. She realized that Lois had
always been Lois, and that her fault
was, perhaps beyond her own con
trol Lois was born without imagin
ation of consequences and without
an instinct of justice for others. Was
Lois to blame for her failure to
inherit such qualities? At the time,
at least, Gloria was convinced that
Lois was like one born blind, more
to be forgiven than hated. Gloria
felt only pity for her sister-in-law
and she accused herself of cruelty in
demanding payment of her.
Gloria ran as fast as she could,
her heart beating till she was ready
to fall down with the pain of it.
She was about to give up when Lois,
'glancing back for a last, look at the
beautiful earth she was- about to
leave, stumbled and went to her
She rose again at once and sped
on, but Gloria had been enabled to
' gain on tier and to overtake her at
the very edge ot tne ravine, witn
loving ruthlessness Gloria flung her
self on Lois and dragged her back.
Lois fought with insane ferocity,
tearing Gloria's hands loose and
writhing out of her clasp. But Gloria
seized hold again, and again. Lois
tarried-her back to the brink and
the turf at the edge gave way under
their ieet as they wrestled. Gloria
nad now her own life to fight for
at well as Lois', for at any moment
both women might go hurtling down
the step to the railroad tracks.
They were still battling when the
enaine roared nast. The fireman,
leaning out of his window, stared up
at them in amazement! They were
still struggling when the last coach
It was only then, when her weapon
of suicide was gone from her' reach,
that Lois gave up the fight. She fell
to the ground weeping. She was more
afraid of facing life than death, and
she sobbed with terror if not with
remorse. - ,
Gloria knelt by her, begging her not
to cry. At last she offered the final
bribe In her power. She drew the
envelope of letters from the bosom
of her gown and held it out to Lois,
"I forgive you, dear, I have no
right to judge you. 1 can't take that
responsibility. Keep your life and
your past and make what you will
Lois rather saw the prize than
heard the counsel and she snatched
at the letters with the instinct of
Gloria felt herheart harden again.
She could not keep back a feeling of
contempt for the aelffish pettiness of
Lois. Vet, ahe could not fail to see
the prettiness of hr, too. She lay
coiled on the ground like a lithe
and purring animal. She hugged the
proofs of her guilt to her breast.
Gloria saw how fascinating the must
be to a strong man like David, who
vould love her better tar her weak-
"rlLuni afraid to sneak lest she
putt further rebukes.on a soul than
could not pront Dy any otner enssusc
Sfient than sacrifice and fear. So
Gloria left her and climbed the ter
race. She noted with relief that no
one had seen, the brief drama that
might have startled the whole nation.
She was afraid that she had done
everything that she ought not to have
done. 1 .'' ' ' '
As the wat entering the house to
go to her room, the boy Stas called
to her. He was lugging a picture
book of foreign paintings. He knew
nothing of any of them and he asked
Gloria many questions she could not
answer. One of the pictures rep
resented Christ kneeling and writing
on the ground. Near him lay a con
trite woman in shame and tears. In
the background" number of men
were turning away shamefaced. The
ki4sfta. Mill laheled. "Neither Do 1
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Condemn . inee. uo u
MNow, Gloria felt that she was justi-l
fled in laying aside her impulse to
exact a penalty from Lois. She told
Stas that the picture was beyond the
understanding of a child, and that he
was lucky to be a child. She wished
that she had never grown up. Then
ahe went up to her room. Looking
from her windowt she could see the
embankment where she had won a
double victory over Lois and herself.
Lois wat tearing the bundle of let
ter to bit and scattering the pieces
upon the railroad track, where she
had nearly been torn to pieces her
telf. Gloria felt that one riddle at least
wat solved. She felt sorry for David
and Bis choice among women. Then
the remembered the judge accusa
tion against David. According to that
her brother was guilty of a more
heniout crime than Lou. He had
taken a life or, with even greater
wickedness, had persuaded another
man to commit murder for him. She
could not rest till she had either
cleared David of that tuspicion or
warned him that hit tecret , was
- The rratrm that the duel between
Gloria and Loit had not been ob
served by anyone but the fleeting
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Her Vow Fulfilled
aToTtllaad from taa ntlom Menu Drama of tna Sam aTamn j
Owirra Klein. ,
rzAtvsnro rm mono btajs, anas sxxua busu.
Copyright, 1910. by Adelaide M. Hughes.
SO THEY DRAGGED GLORIA TO THE JAPANESE TEA GARDEN.
eyes of the fireman on the express
engine was that the Stafford estate
was a little world in itself.
David had been conferring with his
business associates by telephone,
Pierpont had been inspecting prize
cattle, with which he jealously ex
pected to confound his rival neigh
bors at the next county fair. Stas
had been looking at the big picture
books on 'the huge table in the huge
living room. His father, Casimir, had
been working among the rose bushes
with the head gardener. Judge Free
man had been involved in one more
conspiracy, which he firmly hoped
would be the last.
It was Casimir who first inter
rupted Gloria in her search for David.
Casimir had hardly believed that
there were at many roses in all the
world as these in the Stafford close.
He could see his wife lying in a reclin
ing chair in a sunny, nook and it oc
curred to him that one of those roses
would cheer her and serve at a bit
of gallantry. So he plucked one. TJie
gardener taw the deed, charged on
him with a roar, and matched the
flower from him, The deep thorn bite
lie received in the thumb did not paci
fy him. He stood. sucking his thumb
and swearing around it, when Pier
pont strolled by. .
-rierpoiit nad lost nis temper at
the dairy because the head valet to
the cows had not brushed their teeth
to his satisfaction nor . manicured
their hoofs to perfection. 1 When the
gardener explained that Casimir hd
dared to pluck one of the famous and
priceless Picrpout roses, which had
never failed of honorable mention at
the annual exhibition of the Garden
club, Pierpont wat more wroth than
the gardener, ;
Casimir quailed before the on
slaught, and Gloria, drawn to the spot
by the noisy voices, found him craven
with confusion. She took hit part at
once, and when the gardener and her
father explained the atrocity he had
committed, Gloria alto turned on
"In heaven't name, Casimir, what
did you mean by taking the only rose
my poor father has?"
"I did taked it. Meet Gloria, for to
geeve my poor vife. Better I should
go away now, yes
"You took a rose to give your wife,
u? Gloria cried. You ought
he came back 'with the china she
piled up a little midafternoon banquet
He took it shylyrthen stared at
it, and shook hit head and offered it
back. Gloria asked why. He hesi
tated, thee exclaimed: "In my Poland
millions of my peoples are dying be
cause they have not of bread. And
should I eat of cake? Ne, 1 could
not, please!" . ;
Gloria respected his feelings -too'
much to force him to eat, but she
turned to the committee and, claiming
the floor," asked the house to listen
to a delegate from Europe. She made
Casimir speak. He was tongue-tied
at first' with embarrassment, but he
warmen to his theme and told" of
the miseries of hit beloved land, over
which vast armies had fought back
and forth again and again till the
wealthy and noble were living in cel
lars and eating husks and the poor
were dying in herds, ' v
When lie had finished every eye
was wet and every heart afire for Po
land. When Gloria proposed a mam
moth lawn festival for Polish relief
there was unanimous assent.
"We'll charge a fortune for a tea
biscuit and bankrupt everybody that
comes," said Gloria, "Then I'll take
the money over to Poland myself to
make sure that it fall into the right
"And I'll go along .with you," Doc
"tor Royce spoke up,J "to make sure
that you don't fall into the wrong
hands.", ., ,
Everyone applauded the impudence,
but Gloria answered it with one of
her blackest looks. Doctor Royce
was still under the ban. He had con
fessed too much, and duped her too
well to be forgiven in haste. But her
rebuke was ignored in the excitement
of the convention. A mammoth lawn
festival for Polish reliefy4here was
no dissent,' '
Now once more Gloria felt free to
seek David. She found him, hiding,
he said, till the women got away. She
asked him to follow her.' She had
perfected her scheme for testing his
innocence or his guilt. Her plan as
inspired, no doubt, by what she had
heard aid read of what the police call
"the. third dcree."
David had not been pretent when
the yachting expedition set forth to
run down Trask, nor had he been
resent when Trask was brought in.
avid was thoroughbred enough to
rule his own expressions and to pre
tend ignorance of Trask' s existence.
But Gloria felt sure that if she could
bring the two men suddenly face to
face one or the other would betray a
, So she said to David: ''Come with
me. I've got a surprise for you."
David followed her up to the guest
room where Trask had been installed.
She led him to the door, knocked,
opened the door, and bade David en
ter. - A screen stood before the bed
and she drew it aside quickly, keeping
her eyes on David. She saw surprise
in his face, but not of the sort she ex
pected, i His surprise was blank won
der. She turned to see how Trask
took the confrontation. Trask was
not there. The bed was empty. :
Gloria ran to lind the nurse. She
met her just coming in from a motor
ride. Sliejiad taken her two hours of
liberty, she said, leaving Nell to care
for her father. She was stunned by
the news of Trask's departure. He
Was too weak to rise and walk. It
seemed impossible that be could have
been carried out without attracting
the attention of a dozen servants.
Gloria felt bewitched. She ran to
seek Doctor Royce. David ran alter,
asking: "What's it all about? What s
the little surprise you had for me?
It seems to have caught you first.
"Don't bother me," was all Gloria
would say, .
' David seemed so amused by her
dismay that she bfcgan to suspect him
of kidnaping his confederate. But
she dared not accuse him lest, if he
were innocent, sne wouia revcai iu
him more of Lois' guilt than she felt ;
it her right to divulge.
She stood off David and hurried;
on to find Doctor Royce. She met !
Judge Freeman on the-lawn, and told
him what had happened. He ex-1
firessed surprise, dui wnen nu
eft him she began to feel dissatis
fied with the sincerity-of his amaze
ment.. But she could not pause to
investigate further. When at last she
found Royce, she forgot that he was
iif her black books still. It had been
her habit for to many yeara to run
to him with her problems that she
ran to him now, and laying her hands
on his arm, cried: j
. "Oh, Stephen, Stepheu, they've
stolen Trask I've lost him again and
1 don't know what to do." .
"Stolen Trask I" Royce exejaimed.
"It's impossible." -
"Of course, it's impossible," said
Gloria, "but it's true, too." '
Royce set out to pick up what trace
there might be of him.;. Gloria tagged
along. Royce asked every servant
he met where he had been. . Several
of them had been on the lawn serv
ing tea. Judge Freeman had sent
others on various errands. The cook
and her crew had been busy provid
ing for Aunt Hortensia's mob. Royce
called for his own chauffeur. He had
been in the kitchen, he confessed, as
a guest at a tea party below stairs.
Judge Freeman was not to be found.
As a matter of fact he was the prin
cipal offender. , After Jie left Gloria
he had wandered about in a deep and
gloomy meditation. He was con
vinced that Gloria, with her impulsive
and unmanageable temper, was set
upon unraveling every knot in the
tangle. He was sure that her inexpe
rience with the world would keep her
from foreseeing the consequences and
that she would compel a complete
revelation. This would end only in a
pubrtc scandal,' an enormous and irre
trievable disaster. . -
David would be put on trial for
his life and Trask would turn state's
evidence against him to save his own
life. David would perhaps be sen
tenced to death, or, if he escaped that,
he would escape it in some pretense
of insanity, with all the aftermath of
endless serial scandals. In any case,
Lois would be disgraced before the
world, and if David's wealth could
bribe an acquittal, it would purchase
Another consequence would be that
the judge , himself would be im
peached or forced to a resignation
under fire, with his ermine dishon
ored. It is only fair to say that the
ludge't fears for his own suffering
had less weight with him than his
fears for the wreck of his daughter's
life and of David's. He loved David
as if he were his own son. He had
a deep affection for Pierpont, and he
cherished a great fondness for Gloria.
He respected even the motives that
were so perilous to hersejlf as well
as alt the others. ;
He wandered disconsolately about
the lonelier portions of the Stafford
demesne and found himself at the
outer gate. . There he chanced to tee
the bargeman, Jed, come up the road.
Jed asked if he knew where the Staf
ford place was. Judge Freeman told
him that- it was before him. Jed
asked if a badly hurt man had been
taken in there with his daughter. The
judge nodded and asked what he
knew of the pair. ,
Jed said he didn't know much
except that the old nun's daughter
wat hit girl and going to marry him
some day and he was afraid she was
in trouble. So he had left the barge
to hurry back and see if he could be
of some use. . . K " ";
The Judge questioned him cautious
ly and finally proposed that the best
thing to do would be to get the old
man out of the hands, of the Staf
fords. who mcanfhim no good. Jed
seized the suggestion hungrily 'and
the judge offered his co-operation.
He led Jed by a little frequented path
to the rear of the house and bade
him wait. He went in and sent Nell
out to speak to Jed and make sure
if she wanted to escape witn mm.
Nell assured him that she did. The
heautv of the home oppressed her.
The servants were to her but spies
and guards. ; , ,
. While Nell . was talking with Jed.
Judge Freeman was ordering his own
chauffeur to bring the car up to a
corner of the driveway shielded from
the house by a clump of ancient
rhododendrons as large as ; trees.
Then the judge, surprised at his own
craftiness and bringing into play all
the lore he had acquired from hearing
thieves' confessions, set about the
burglarious art of clearing the house.
Most of the servants had been im
pressed into the service of wholesale
tea to Aunt Hortensia's convention.
The rest Judge Freeman sent on
various errands with messages - to
distant laborers on the grounds. v
; When the coast, or at least the
stairway,, was clear, he called in his
chauffeur and Jed. They hurried up
to Trask's room and, lifting him in
his sheets, hurried out into the hall
and down the stairs with him. The
old man suffered agonies from the
jolts and jars, but he smothered his
groans somewhat. The judge went
ahead as a scout and warded off one
maid who ran in for Aunt Hortensia's
parasol and a man who hurried back
for a social register of the county to
be used in making up a committee
list. .'. ;'--..,. x. -';-Thus
Trask was, as th- saying is.
spirited away without being seen by
anyone except his abductors. The
chauffeur ran his car from the
grounds'by the tradesmen's entrance
and Judge Freeman, lingering, saw
the cloud of dust the machine raised
as it dashed north. He remained to
keep watch and to do-what he could
to turn pursuit in the wrong direc
' He felt disquieted by the pallor of
Trask and by his extreme exhaustion.
He was afraid that the old man would
not last long. He hated himself for
the thought, but he could not dis
miss the belief that it would solve
all problems if the wretch should pass
away in silence. If he spoke he
might condemn himself to death in
the chair and take David with him.
Judge Freeman abhorred his owu
deed, aud regretted that he could not
punish himself publicly as severely
as he would have punished another
judge who violated his honor so.
But he had been a father before he
became a judge, and the parental in -:
stinct overruled the legal obligation..
He understood as never before, the
almost ltresistable impulses that com
pel men toward criminal acts, and he
wondered which it were better to do.
resign his post as a judge of other
men or remain on the bench and ad
minister mercy more freely than he
bad been wont to do.
Meanwhile, he smiled, though dis
mally, to think that his old head had
outwitted the young wits of Gloru.
He taw how distraught she was by
the escape of her captive, but he felt -
no more remorse than one feels ty'u
takes a sharp knife away from a child
lest it wound itself as well as other?.
Gloria was frantic. She was still
surrounded by hostile friends who
thwarted every effort she made to
learn the truths that were alt import
ant to her peace of heart.
(To Be Continued.)
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to be ashamed of yourself."
"I am, it I, Oh, I am it!" Casimir
"I should think you would be,"
Gloria stormed. "Taking one rose for
your poor. wife. The next time you
want flowers for her you take as
many n you can carry."
While her father and the gardener
and Casimir gaped like dolts, she
snipped off a doien of the Pierpont
roses with the gardener's own shears.
She laid them m Casimir' arms' and
said: "Maybe she won't care for the
Pierpont roses. I don't think much
of them myself. So take her ome
of each -of these varieties, and find
which she likes best. Then if the
gardener bothers you again, tell me
and I'll snip his head off the same
way aud you can have hi place."
She gave the gardener his shears,
pushed Casimir out of the inclosure.
and followed, turning to say: "Thank
Pierpont and the gardener looked
at each other and both said, "Whew I"
(jloria went along to make sure
that Casimir' wife received the
flowers with no hint of their hazard
ous gathering. - Then she went to the
house to hud David. ,
She was encountered by her aunt,
the great Hortensia, with a bevy of
other great ladies from the country
"Give us tea, Gloria, for heaven's
sake," said Hortensia, . "and come
listen to our cheme."
They dragged Gloria to the Jap
anaese tea garden whither the ser
vants brought tea and all it accom
paniments across the lawn. Aunt
Hortensia gathered in Doctor Royce
Aunt Hortensia explained that it
wa about time to "get up some
thing." Each of the ladies had her
pet charity which needed funds and
rvervone talked at the same time.
Gloria" mind was too full of her own
problem to feel much interest. She
beckoned to Casimir and sent him
with tea and cake for his wife. When
Organized Labor- in America
The beginning of labor unionism
in America was the organization
of the Shipwright's society in New
York in 1803. In ,1806 the tailors
and carpenters followed the ex-
Into distrust of it own members,
and the early '90 saw its decline
and fall. -
The American Federation of .
Labor arose as the Knights of
Labor fell. At a convention in ,
ample oi the shipbuilders and or- Columbus in 1886- the newer or
. To the printers may be given
credit for the formation of the
first real union.' In 1852 the Na
tional Typographical union was
formed. Ten years later, to admit
Canada, the name was changed to
the International Typographical
union. - - r
The success of the printers
.li.uj nomaonA. ntU.r frail tl
organize and within a decade there corporatea in it constitution,
were national unions of machinists, The American , Federation of
blacksmiths, iion moulders, tailors, Labor now comprise 110 national
and representatives of several and international unions repre-
other trades: - . '. senting; approximately 22,000 local
, The immense expansion, of in- uuions, and an. aggregate paid
' dustry that followed the close of membership in excess of 2,000,000
the civil war excited larger labor workingmen
bership about nine-tenths of the
former membership of the Knights
The announced purpose of the
American Federation of Labor
was to band together the men of
the various trades and crafts and
then federate them into a great
central bodv. No social or lodge
of. BHtherhood features were in-
combination than had existed
prior to that time. Some of these
tormea tne national t-aoor union,
which was formed at Baltimore in
M866. - '"
The National Labor union en-
The Read of the American Fed
eration of Labor it Samuel Goni
pers, who has held the presidency ,
since 1882, with an intermission
one year. Frank Morrison is the
international secretary of the or-
tered-politics in 1872 by nominate ganization, and. John B. Lennon
ing the Labor Ketorm ucnei,. me treasurer. .
ri..,i.. rvrvnn.il ran nntaide nf tne American red
didate for president of the United eration of Labor are about a dozen
State.' The vote cast for O'Con- labor organizations,
nell were few and the combination
was broken up. . '
Starting as a local secret society
in Philadelphia in 1869, and hold
ing its first general convention in
1878, the Knights of Labor was
the earliest society which aimed
to gather all the workers of all
trades into a smgie organization
the most im
portant of which are tne stone
mason and bricklayers, and the
various orders of railroad workers,
locomotive engineer, firemen,
switchmen, trainmen, and conduc
tors. , .
The national and International
nnlnm nnt affiliated with the t
American Federation, of Labor
The oolitical aims and purposes have a membership of upwards of
of the Knights of Labor, and its half a million, making the mem-
terriflic organized onslaughts on bership of all theNabor, unions in
the railroad and other large em- the United States between two and
ployers, brought the organization three millions.
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